Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments (P3H)

Overview  2018

ATAR

ATAR Clearly-In Rank

Clearly-in Rank

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in the first offer round in 2015.

The Clearly-in rank should be used as a guide for entry. Note: entry to some courses requires a combination of criteria (ie. folio, interview, GMAT) not just ATAR alone.

:65+

Duration

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

Students from all over the world come to the University of Tasmania to study Architecture and Design.

Find out what motivated these students to study here, what excites them about studying and living in Tasmania, and their aspirations for the future.

Design for a climate of change

With specialisations in Architecture and Interior Design, the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments engages students in a series of creative design projects that explore a future where social responsibility and environmental sustainability are key elements in the design and making of new buildings, places and spaces.

You will develop innovative approaches, critical thinking, and the creative skills to respond to the challenging issues facing society and will learn to push the boundaries of architectural and design practice.

The course is underpinned by substantial design studio and workshop components, integrated with studies in relevant histories and theories, building technologies, professional studies and design communication.

You’ll also have opportunities to participate in the Learning-by-Making program that has been a special feature of the School’s learning experience for more than 25 years. The practical experience program is integrated throughout the degree, developing critical participatory skills and learning methods that are invaluable for when you graduate and are starting your future career.

The Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments prepares all graduates for architectural and design practice and research, with a focus on environmentally sustainable design. Your learning experiences will place you at the leading edge of architecture and design and will enrich your creativity and innovative thinking.

The Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments (Architecture) is a pre-professional course and aims to produce graduates whose creative abilities are developed to a level of competence necessary to gain admission to the Master of Architecture, and equivalent courses in the fields of architecture, urban design and related design areas.

The Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments (Interior Design) prepares graduates for interior design practice as independent designers, within interior design practices or in multidisciplinary architecture and design practices. The focus of the course is on commercial, retail, residential and public interiors.

At the School of Architecture and Design, your multi-disciplinary theory and history education provides a foundation for a wealth of practice based and applied learning experiences.

Purpose-built learning spaces

Our learning and teaching environment provides world-class facilities to ensure that all students enjoy a rewarding university experience that is collaborative, practice-based and applied. Generous student study spaces provide for independent study and group work.

Your classes are located in a converted 1951 diesel locomotive workshop. The conversion was designed by Six Degrees Architects and Sustainable Built Environments, and has won multiple awards for design excellence in sustainability and adaptive re-use. Its industrial character exemplifies our strong environmental focus, timber research, and learning by making philosophy.

Industry leading facilities and technology

Our world-class facilities are equipped with the most advanced technologies. Two extensive design studios on the ground and top floors provide flexible spaces for collaborative learning and teaching.

Our workshops combine traditional fabrication equipment with cutting edge Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) tools. In the building workshop, emphasis is placed on material fabrication of digital design propositions, with CNC laser cutters, routers, 3D printers, and a Kuka 6-axis industrial robotic arm. The design workshop is equipped with high-quality machinery and tools for the design and making of objects, fittings and furniture.

Our computer labs support Mac and Windows and include a wide range of industry standard software for Building Information Modelling (BIM), environmental analysis, graphic processing, digital design and CNC manufacturing. Digital design platforms include parametric and generative design tools, including Rhino 3D and its parametric plug-in Grasshopper, ArchiCAD, Revit, Vectorworks, SketchUp and the Adobe Creative Suite.

Students are supported to fast track their digital design skills at their own pace with hundreds of online, e-learning tutorials provided through our Institute of Digital Design Australia subscription.

Learning by Making

Learning-by-Making projects for community clients are structured to give students an authentic experience of working in multidisciplinary teams and collaborating with clients, consultants, and local authorities in the design and fabrication of small public buildings and structures, furniture and spatial interventions. Projects ranging from mobile houses to bus shelters, stage sets and wilderness seating, provide a design focus for applying principles of social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

Students optimise their learning experience by exploring the relationships between design and making, between material and structural performance, and between scales and modes of production. We take an integrated approach that combines advanced digital design software, Computer Numerically Controlled fabrication tools and traditional making processes.

The School places an emphasis on prototyping activities that involve students constructing physical models, built from representative materials in three dimensions and often at full scale, to explore design alternatives, test theories and confirm performance.

You can explore past Learning-by-Making projects on the School of Architecture and Design website.

“Studying at UTAS has given me the skills to pursue my dream job in the design industry. Intimate class sizes, quality teaching and individual feedback foster academic and personal growth. I found a fantastic balance of practical, theoretical and hands on opportunities to learn.”

Gabrielle Livermore

Interior Design specialisation with First Class Honours graduate, and winner of the Design Institute of Australia 2015 VIC TAS Graduate of the Year — Interior Design

Overseas Exchange

Our international exchange program offers opportunities for a semester of study at universities around the world. Exchange can allow students to have an affordable educational and cultural experience in a foreign country for a semester or a full year. To facilitate this, we offer a range of scholarships and financial assistance. Participants may be eligible for OS-HELP Loans or scholarship funding to assist with their airfares, accommodation and other expenses.

Find out more about Student Exchange.

Career outcomes

“One of the greatest things about studying at the University of Tasmania is that they have a really strong learning-by-making program. You learn a lot about the technical aspects. I didn’t realise how good that was until I got this job. It was such an asset to be able to get going on day one.”

Christine Green, Interior Design specialisation graduate

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When you study with us, you will gain multi-disciplinary and work-ready skills demanded by employers, including evidence-based problem solving, critical thinking, decision-making, effective communication and time management.

Through our extensive practical opportunities and hands-on projects, you also graduate with a portfolio of your own work that has been created in consultation with real clients, giving you an edge for your future career.

Our Architecture program is the first step towards becoming a qualified architect. To pursue this path, you will follow up your undergraduate degree with the postgraduate Master of Architecture. Alternatively, you may continue with an Honours year as a pathway to a research higher degree.

Our Interior Design program prepares graduates for professional practice either as independent designers or within interior design or multi-disciplinary architectural consultancies.

Our graduates have very transferable skills across both programs, and have pursued careers in fields such as:

  • Architecture
  • Commercial interior design
  • Urban design
  • Construction and project management
  • Environmental policy
  • Disaster relief and international aid
  • Strategic design
  • Museum and exhibition design
  • Adaptive re-use design
  • Industrial and product design
  • Retail design
  • Hospitality design
  • Heritage and conservation
  • Digital interaction design
  • Health and aged care design
  • Education design for preschools through to universities

Professional Recognition

The Architecture program, comprising the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments (Architecture) and Master of Architecture, is nationally recognised and accredited by the Board of Architects of Tasmania, and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.

Students who complete the Master of Architecture are eligible, following a period of relevant professional experience, to apply for registration as an architect in Australia.

Our programs are also accredited in New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.

Students who complete the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments (Interior Design) are eligible for professional membership of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). The Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments (Interior Design) is recognised by the DIA.

The Interior Design program is also a full member of the Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association (IDEA) and is affiliated through IDEA with the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI).

Course structure

The Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments usually takes three years to finish and requires the completion of 24 units. You will complete a core major in Environmental Design (eight units), a second major in either Architecture or Interior Design (eight units), a minor linked to your major (four units), student electives (two units), and breadth units (two units).

Regardless of which program you choose, your studies will include units covering design studio, building technology in design, history and theory studies, and communication studies.

Compulsory reversed major

This unit provides an introductory global survey of early architecture and design. It develops knowledge and understandings of key concepts, landscapes, cities, buildings and design relative to social, cultural and technological dimensions contexts.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is an introduction to freehand and measured drawing techniques and drawing practice. Studio based exercises will include two and three dimensional drawing conventions, and their types and uses in design. Studio exercises begin with line drawing and increase…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an introduction to global architectural and design histories and theories post 1750. It aims to develop knowledge and understandings of key concepts and referents relative to their economic/political, ideological/cultural, and technological/material contexts.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit builds on the freehand and measured drawing techniques practised in KDA136 Design Communication 1 to develop computer-aided digital skillsets as a working methodology. Building Information Modelling and documentation skills will be developed to support the presentation of design…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit examines the history of intellectual theories and social positions in design and architecture. It aims to develop a critical approach to design and architecture by interrogating key examples of discourse and practice dating from the turn of the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit develops critical perspectives on architecture and design in Australia. It introduces Indigenous design prior to European colonisation and examines subsequent developments associated with colonialism, internationalism and regionalist positions.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit focuses on design as a ‘critical spatial practice’ through an interdisciplinary approach that understands, references and questions the specificities of social, cultural and political operations in relation to central themes of perception, temporality, performativity, materiality and virtuality. Students…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit presents a range of contemporary approaches to architecture and design, focusing on theoretical, methodological, ethical, political and professional aspects. It supports students to develop critical positions in relation to the discipline, discourse and practise.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    

Architecture specialisation

Students investigate the activity of experiencing, seeing, feeling, sensing, measuring and documenting observations. These investigations also require imagining, representing and testing ideas through a range of media, in addition to researching and beginning to develop design values. Students develop design…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is a continuation of KDA111 Design Studio 1 and develops responses to human activities, comfort, spatial enclosure, materials, and context. The unit also sets up opportunities to explore relations between the user, scale, internal and external spaces. Students…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit develops fundamental skills in design, including site analysis, preliminary design and sketch design. Students explore and integrate design criteria including contextual response, activity support and construction principles. The studio will emphasise designing in section and responding to human…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit develops understanding and skills in planning for complex programs and the exploration and application of passive design principles for multi-story buildings, specifically through the use of sections, in diverse climatic contexts.Students will be required to devise and detail…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit focuses on the design of internal spaces emphasising the synthesis of daylight, artificial light, acoustics and detailing within the context of Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ) and complex multifunction building types. Decision-making is supported through measuring, calculating and Building…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Develops students' ability to understand the notion of 'context' in the broadest cultural sense through the exploration of an adaptive reuse project, developing an appreciation for both built fabric and the cultural meaning of places. The unit also focuses on…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Architecture requires active involvement and critical use of a range of knowledge. This unit is integrated with the design studio and history and theory in design studio in an integrated (cap-stone) project. The unit focus is on the expansion of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit develops the ability to design a complex, multi-level, mixed use building in an urban context, and expands the understanding of program and site analysis in this context as a basis for design decisions. The unit also focuses on…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit focuses on the structural principles of elements used in building design. It covers structural mechanics and material properties, as they apply to elements in compression and tension, and in beams and trusses found in typical buildings. Graphical statics…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit focuses on built environment sustainability, which underpins much of the BEnvDes and MArch courses. If people are thermally comfortable, and buildings respond to local climatic conditions and are made from appropriate materials, then less energy is used and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces students to design approaches to surface and space with a particular focus on the principles and techniques of construction detailing. Students investigate the range of materials, finishes and fixtures available for use in interior and exterior applications.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit focuses on building construction, envelope design, and performance and regulatory compliance for mid sized, mixed use, non-residential buildings. This unit studies structural systems for these types of buildings and the performance and regulatory requirements of envelopes, their typical…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    

Interior Design specialisation

Students investigate the activity of experiencing, seeing, feeling, sensing, measuring and documenting observations. These investigations also require imagining, representing and testing ideas through a range of media, in addition to researching and beginning to develop design values. Students develop design…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is a continuation of KDA111 Design Studio 1 and develops responses to human activities, comfort, spatial enclosure, materials, and context. The unit also sets up opportunities to explore relations between the user, scale, internal and external spaces. Students…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit develops fundamental skills in design, including site analysis, preliminary design and sketch design. Students explore and integrate design criteria including contextual response, activity support and construction principles. The studio will emphasise designing in section and responding to human…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit develops the ability to generate design concepts and analyse and synthesise a variety of design concerns - including functional, aesthetic, technical and theoretical - into a coherent and creative solution for a commercial, retail, public or residential project…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit students investigate the issues and technologies associated with the creation of healthy interior environments including the services required for interiors that meet standards of human comfort and safety. The unit considers indoor air quality, thermal comfort services,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit students take major responsibility for developing their design work in relation to a complex, multi-variable brief for a commercial, retail, public, residential or mixed project within an historically significant adaptive reuse framework. Students develop the ability to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit addresses the use of light and sound in design and examines ways of working with light and sound within the context of interior design. The unit focuses on the design of internal spaces emphasising the synthesis of daylight,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit students demonstrate their ability to generate design concepts and resolve a design for a complex, multi variable commercial, retail, residential, public or multi use project and to manage the design project with a minimum of guidance. Students…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit focuses on the structural principles of elements used in building design. It covers structural mechanics and material properties, as they apply to elements in compression and tension, and in beams and trusses found in typical buildings. Graphical statics…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit focuses on built environment sustainability, which underpins much of the BEnvDes and MArch courses. If people are thermally comfortable, and buildings respond to local climatic conditions and are made from appropriate materials, then less energy is used and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces students to design approaches to surface and space with a particular focus on the principles and techniques of construction detailing. Students investigate the range of materials, finishes and fixtures available for use in interior and exterior applications.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit students investigate the production and selection of furniture for interior environments. Furniture function is explored through ergonomics and analysis of the role of furniture in the creation of space. Analysis of significant furniture precedents is used to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    

Electives

Plus two student electives to be taken in Years 2 and 3
Plus two breadth units to be taken in Years 2 and 3. For a list of breadth units see: http://www.utas.edu.au/students/lead-achieve/breadth-units/offerings

Entry requirements

If you are interested in studying the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments, you will need to meet the General Entrance Requirements of the University, and any course-specific requirements.

School Leavers

An ATAR score of 65 or higher.

While there are no additional prerequisites for this degree. HSC/TCE subjects preferably should not be restricted to a narrow discipline, but rather span two or more areas (e.g. art and science).

Mature age students

You will need to meet University General Entry Requirements through alternative qualifications or experience.

Please note that admission is normally for Semester 1 (February).  Due to individual unit pre-requisite requirements and the sequential nature of the course structure, a Semester 2 (July) intake is only available to International students subject to credit/advanced standing awarded for previous post-secondary study.  A Semester 2 commencement for domestic students will result in a longer course duration i.e. 3 years and 6 months.

International Students

All international applicants will need to meet the International General Entrance Requirements.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. The Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments requires an IELTS (Academic) of 6.0 with no individual band less than 5.5.

You will also need to meet any course specific requirements with recognised qualifications, or equivalent experience. More information is available at the International Future Students website.

Credit for appropriate studies completed at TAFE and/or other university courses may be granted. You can apply for advanced standing as part of the application process, or it can be assessed independently via a separate application.

Please contact us for further information.

The Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments (Architecture) is designed as a pre-professional course and articulates directly into the Master of Architecture.

If you do not meet the minimum ATAR you should consider enrolment in the Diploma of University Studies as a pathway to the Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environments.

If you do not meet the General Entry Requirements (GER), you should consider enrolment in the Diploma of University Studies, or the University Preparation Program.

In all cases, contact us to discuss an option best suited to your needs.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2018, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2018, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

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International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

Domestic Students

Each year, the University offers more than 900 awards to students from all walks of life, including: those who have achieved high academic results, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, students with sporting ability, students undertaking overseas study, and students with a disability.

For information on all scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior to study.

International students

There are a huge range of scholarships, bursaries and fee discounts available for international students studying at the University of Tasmania. For more information on these, visit the Tasmanian International Scholarships (TIS) website.

How can we help?

Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

Domestic
1300 363 864
International
+61 3 6226 6200
Email
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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